An Angry God Vs. A God Who Gets Angry

godb&w2 According to a recent study, belief in an angry God is "significantly associated with an increase in social anxiety, paranoia, obsession, and compulsion." That doesn't come as much of a surprise to me. Believing that an all powerful being is constantly ticked off should create some anxiety, particularly if, like Mark Driscoll, you think this ticked off all powerful being personally hates...
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Is Psy Warning Us About The Antichrist In ‘Mother Father Gentlemen’?

It's been a little while since I've shared the private revelations of one William Tapley. It's not that The Third Eagle of the Apocalypse hasn't had anything to say. He has. But when you denounce the demonic phallic imagery at an airport, you're setting the bar pretty high for apocalyptic zaniness. Now, I'm not saying Tapley has reached that bar in this video. He hasn't. But it's pretty wonderful nonetheless. In a fantastic followup to his...
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Old Bibles and Well Worn Steps

canterbury-cathedral-stairs This semester I'm taking a class held in a building called Linsly-Chittenden Hall. It stands at the south end of Yale and makes up what is known as "the old campus." It's called "the old campus" because the oldest building dates back to 1750. If those long dormant history class nureons are firing in your brain, then you know this means that building, Connecticut Hall, is...
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FROM THE VAULT: Everything Happens For A Reason

sufferingAs I’m always welcoming new people to the blog I sometimes like to revisit an old post or two that sparked a good conversation, but may have been missed by those who weren’t around when it was originally posted. In light of the tragic events at the Boston Marathon yesterday and the inevitable search for why such madness occurs, I thought this post would...
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Homeless Jesus Has No Home

Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." - Matthew 8:20
In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus described himself as homeless. But apparently a couple of Roman Catholic churches in Toronto missed that verse. According to their administration 'Homeless Jesus' is just too controversial. That sounds about right.

Sculpture of Jesus the Homeless Rejected by Two Prominent Churches

By Leslie...
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Pat Robertson & Apocalyptic Idolatry

Pat Robertson has said some completely bizarre and outright awful things in recent years. Those comments using get their brief moment in the sun before quickly withering on the vine as Robertson's influence, fortunately, seems to have seriously waned. So, what bothers me about his most recent ridiculous comments is not that I fear he will change hearts and mind, but that his words are echoing what many evangelical Christians already believe even if they never pay...
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Would You Watch A Christian Dating Show?

I have a confession to make. When I was in college I, along with my roommates, watched an obscene amount of dating shows. By "obscene" I mean all of them all the time. Blind Date, Fifth Wheel, Elimidate - you name it we watched it. Not so much because we loved dating shows, but because we didn't have cable and they were a train wreck we just couldn't look away from. While my standards were pretty low back...
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Jesus In Outer Space

Have you ever got sucked down an internet rabbit hole? Sure, you have. We all have. It starts with a YouTube video or maybe a Wikipedia article, then another one and another one and another and before you know it hours have flown by because you've been sucked down an internet rabbit hole you just couldn't find your way out of. Well, that happened with me this morning, except my rabbit hole wasn't Wikipedia or YouTube. It was pictures...
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FROM THE VAULT: The Problem With Questions

hot questionAs I’m always welcoming new people to the blog I sometimes like to revisit an old post or two that sparked a good conversation, but may have been missed by those who weren’t around when it was originally posted. This post originally appeared in September 2012 and addresses an issue that for many churches is, tragically, nothing short of sin - having doubts and...
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